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FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret, who died from non-combat related injuries in Mali in June 2017.  Tony DeDolph, a U.S. Navy SEAL, pleaded guilty Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the hazing-related death of Melgar.   (U.S. Army via AP, File)

SEAL pleads guilty to role in hazing death of Green Beret

Jan. 16, 2021 11:06 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men were stationed in Africa. Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, also offered a detailed account of the night in...

Another UN peacekeeper killed in Mali, 5th in a week

Jan. 16, 2021 9:45 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A United Nations peacekeeper from Egypt was killed in Mali’s northern Kidal region on Friday, and another was seriously injured, after their vehicle hit an explosive device during a logistics convoy, the U.N. said. It brought the toll to five U.N. peacekeepers killed in...

Today in History

Jan. 16, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2021. There are 349 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 2020, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump opened in the Senate, with senators standing and swearing an oath of “impartial justice.”...

Rebels kill 1 UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic

Jan. 15, 2021 6:17 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — At least one peacekeeper was killed and another two were injured on Friday in two successive attacks by armed rebels near the town of Grimari in Central African Republic, the United Nations Mission in the country said. Members from a coalition of armed rebels staged...

A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

Fourth UN peacekeeper dies following attack in northern Mali

Jan. 14, 2021 8:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A fourth U.N. peacekeeper from Ivory Coast died from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device and an attack by unidentified gunmen in northern Mali’s Timbuktu region, the United Nations said Thursday. In Wednesday’s incident, the U.N. initially reported that...

A lone woman waits to be tested for COVID-19 in the parking garage of a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Jan. 11, 2021. South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed some hospitals, as people returning from widespread holiday travel speed the country's more infectious coronavirus variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

WHO says Africa to see 1st vaccine doses from COVAX in March

Jan. 14, 2021 7:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa should see the first COVID-19 vaccine doses in March from the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots, the World Health Organization’s Africa chief said Thursday, as deaths on the continent are rapidly rising. Matshidiso Moeti told...

3 peacekeepers killed, 6 wounded by attack in northern Mali

Jan. 13, 2021 11:25 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Three United Nations peacekeepers died and six more were wounded Wednesday in northern Mali hours before the U.N.’s top official in the country expressed cautious optimism that a new roadmap would lead the turbulent West African nation to elections in March 2022. The U.N....

President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Touadera and his party said the vote will go ahead after government forces clashed with rebels in recent days and some opposition candidates pulled out of the race amid growing insecurity. (AP Photo)

Central African Republic soldiers repel rebels at capital

Jan. 13, 2021 11:53 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Security forces in Central African Republic repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital early Wednesday after intense fighting on the city’s outskirts, officials said, in a major escalation of violence that has rocked the country since last month. ...

Paris opens inquiry into disappearance of Senegalese student

Jan. 12, 2021 7:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that it had opened an “worrying disappearance” inquiry into a Senegalese student, who reportedly vanished on Jan. 4. The disappearance of Diary Sow, 20, has caused ripples in her home country. There has been a vocal social media...